“Idols” With Star Power

"American Idol" alums have gone on to conquer the charts, sell out concerts and more over the past 10 years.

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The battle for this season's title of "American Idol" has come down to two, very young, country music-loving contestants. Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina will duel it out Tuesday on Fox in hopes of joining the ranks of Idols who have built success with album and concert sales. Click through to see which Idol contestants became superstars.
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Country singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of "American Idol" in 2005. Since then, she has become a multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy winner and one of the highest earning entertainers in the U.S. Her "Carnival Ride" tour alone grossed $33 million.
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Season 3 winner Fantasia often spoke about the tough life she lived before "Idol," but life isn't so shabby anymore. The singer has been nominated for eight Grammys and debuted on Broadway in "The Color Purple," which was produced by Oprah Winfrey. Her advancing celebrity lifestyle took the spotlight with her reality show, Fantasia For Real on VH1.
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Chris Daughtry came in fourth place during the fifth season, signing a record deal about three minutes later. Since then, he's gone onto megastardom, the most successful male contestant on the show, at least by record sales.
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Chicago native Jennifer Hudson was a finalist on the third season of "American Idol" in 2004. Since then, the golden-voiced goddess has won many awards including a Grammy, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award. In May 2010, The Los Angeles Times claimed Hudson to be the third greatest "Idol" contestant in the history of the show.
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Taylor Hicks achieved fame in 2006 when he won the fifth season of "American Idol." He signed to Arista Records and is now a millionaire several times over.
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Though Clay Aiken's fans (aka "Claymates") were vying for him, Aiken ended the second season of "Idol" as runner-up to Ruben Studdard. But he quickly transitioned on to the Broadway stage. His debut single, "This Is the Night," beat Elton John's record-holding "Candle in the Wind" for first-week sales.
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Jordin Sparks rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of "American Idol." She went on to star in Broadway's "In The Heights" and created a new perfume dedicated to her fans. Outside of music, Sparks uses her celebrity to promote after-school programs for kids.
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At 16, David Archuleta became one of the youngest contestants on "American Idol." In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes. Forbes Magazine said 21-year old David Archuleta was worth at least $1.3 million last year.
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A barley-legal Kellie Pickler caught the attention of "Idol" judges in 2005. Now 24, the small town girl has toured with Taylor Swift, been named among People's most beautiful and is currently working on her third album. "It's wild to think of how much has happened. I've been so blessed since "Idol," Pickler told WCNC.com
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David Cook recently released his new single "The Last Goodbye." He returned to his "Idol" roots last week to premiere a new video. Earlier this year, Cook recorded "Don't You (Forget About Me)" as the farewell song for the 10th season of "American Idol," which has been heard every week this season.
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Kelly Clarkson won the very first season of "American Idol" in 2002, earning 58% of the vote. Since then she has toured extensively worldwide as a solo act and has released four albums for RCA. She is ranked among the top 200 album sellers in the U.S.
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After learning she'd made it to the final two, Lauren Alaina tweeted, "My goodness! I must be the luckiest girl in america! (: thanks to all of u!!" Her final performance will air live. The show will also include special surprise performances and a Top 13 reunion.
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Scotty is still prepping for his final performance. A recent tweet revealed, "At the nokia theater for rehearsal! just walked onstage to check out the scene. this is wild!" The one-hour performance show airs on Tuesday, May 24th, to be followed by an action-packed two-hour results show on Wednesday, May 25th.
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